Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council
Located in the Blount-Bridgers House
130 Bridgers Street
Tarboro, North Carolina 27886
Tel: (252) 823-4159
Fax: (252) 823-6190
Who We Are
Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council Inc., also known as Edgecombe Arts, is a nonprofit agency chartered in 1985. We collect and exhibit objects of artistic and historic merit from Edgecombe County, NC, to be displayed in the Blount-Bridgers House, the Pender Museum and the county’s art and history museums. Edgecombe Arts fosters an environment of creativity and cultural awareness through programming and advocacy, and educate the public on the cultural activities and achievements of the people of Edgecombe County.
What We Do
- Operate and maintain the historic 1808 Blount-Bridgers House
- Operate and maintain the Pender History Museum and Philips Dependency
- Operate the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery for changing exhibitions
- Maintain the Hobson Pittman Studio – an exhibition on the artistic works of Tarboro-native painter Hobson Pittman
- Develop the Blount-Bridgers Gardens – a garden of Edgecombe County Nineteenth Century native plant species on the grounds of the Blount-Bridgers House
- Sponsor cultural events throughout the county including showcasing local and national talent at the Keihin Auditorium at Edgecombe County Community College
- Maintain architectural records of the Tarboro Historic District and Edgecombe County
- Rent Blount-Bridgers House and grounds for weddings, meetings, parties, etc.
Programs We Run
- Happening on the Common, an annual community arts festival held the third Saturday in May on Tarboro’s historic Town Common
- 2nd Saturdays, an old fashioned market day on the Blount-Bridgers House grounds including Farmer’s Market vendors, live music, crafts and demonstrations, and farm animals
- The Great Tarboro Art Bazaar, an annual sale of regional artists’ work held at the Blount-Bridgers House, featuring affordable art for beginning collectors as well as more mature art for seasoned collectors
- Art exhibits that promote local and regional artists and craftsmen displayed in the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery on the second floor of the Blount-Bridgers House
- Children’s summer dance/art camp
Hours We Keep
The Blount-Bridgers House and the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery are open as follows:
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday by appointment only.
The Pender Museum and the Philips Dependency are open by appointment only.